For years, Doctor Who has been criticized for its lack of diversity in the lead role. However, current showrunner Steven Moffat recently said the part has been offered to a black actor, Vulture reports.
In a recent interview with the BBC series’ official magazine, Moffat said the role of The Doctor was offered to a black actor after Matt Smith left:
For various reasons, it just didn’t work out. I certainly don’t think there’s ever been a problem with making the Doctor black, which is why it should happen one day.”
Three years ago, Neil Gaiman confirmed the casting news, i09 reports.
I was rather disappointed that Paterson Joseph didn’t get [the role] last time, although I’ve loved Matt’s Eleven.) And yes, I have no doubt there will be [a black Doctor]. (I know one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor, and who turned it down.) Just as there will be a female Doctor.”
What do you think? Do you watch Doctor Who? Are you disappointed by The Doctor’s casting?